What is the ONE THING that you want to have accomplished one year from now?

This question should stop you in your tracks and make you think long and hard. Most people lead scattered (and therefore diluted) lives. We have so many options in front of us that we cannot or do not determine what our key priority is.

In Greg McKeown’s challenging MUST-READ book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, he writes:

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start thinking about “priorities.” Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we could now be able to have multiple “first” things. People and organizations routinely try to do just that. One leader told me of his experience in a company that talked of “Pri-1, Pri-2, Pri-3, Pri-4, and Pri-5.” This gave the impression of many things being the priority but in actuality, it meant nothing was.”

Wow — what an indictment on our day and age!

If you desire to maximize the time that you have been given to lead your life to the fullest extent, you must determine your ONE THING. Here’s a painful reality – YOU CAN’T HAVE IT ALL! Ouch, that stings, doesn’t it?

As the wise author of the proverb says: “A person chasing two rabbits catches neither.”

If you are like most people, you are chasing too many rabbits and in doing so, you are not catching what matters most. As difficult as it may be, you must learn to focus on the ONE THING that matters most to you. You must determine your singular priority.

Whether you are reading this at the end of a calendar year or not, think 12 months ahead and ask yourself two questions:

  1. One year from now what would I like to have achieved?
  2. What action steps are required to achieve this?

It’s time to stop chasing multiple rabbits.

It’s time to determine your ONE THING.

It’s time to lead your life to the fullest extent that God designed you to live.

It’s time to do the difficult work of cutting away distractions.

It starts with determining what is essential to your purpose and calling.

Are you ready to make it happen?

Go for Greatness this year!

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